Men's Basketball Seeks Perfect WCC Slate
Feb. 20, 2001
Game No. 26 - Santa Clara University
Thursday, February 22 - 7:30 p.m.
Leavey Event Center - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: ESPN 630 AM The Score 25 minutes prior to tipoff
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (20-5, 12-0 in West Coast Conference)
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (16-11, 8-4 in West Coast Conference)
Saturday, February 24 - 8 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: KTRW 970 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Net (Channel 34, AT&T Cable in Spokane)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (15-10, 7-5 in West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS GAIN TOP SEED: Gonzaga University clinched the top seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament with a home sweep last week, capped by an electricity-filled 82-69 victory over Pepperdine University. The Bulldogs are 12-0 in the WCC and two games up on Pepperdine. Should the Bulldogs drop their regular-season finales this week at Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego - and the Waves win out - Gonzaga would still gain the tie-breaker edge over Pepperdine by virtue of the season sweep.
BULLDOGS, HOFSTRA LEAD NATION: Gonzaga University and Hofstra University share the top spot for current winning streak, thanks to Clemson University. Gonzaga and Hofstra both won Saturday matchups to push their respective winning streaks to 14 games. Clemson ended top-ranked University of North Carolina's 18-game streak with a 75-65 victory. Gonzaga will get an opportunity to sit alone atop the winning streak list when the Bulldogs travel to Santa Clara University Thursday to open the final weekend of the West Coast Conference season. Hofstra doesn't play again until Sunday when they travel to Drexel University. Gonzaga ends the regular season Saturday at the University of San Diego, site of this year's WCC Tournament. Gonzaga downed Pepperdine University 82-69 Saturday, while Hofstra topped New Hampshire 80-61 on the road. The Bulldogs beat a Pepperdine team coached by Jan van Breda Kolff. His father, Butch van Breda Kolff, was the former head coach at Hofstra prior to his retirement seven seasons ago.
BULLDOGS INCH CLOSER TO TOP 25: Gonzaga University inched closer to cracking the Top 25 this week. In the Associated Press Top 25, the Bulldogs garnered 92 points to rank 27th if the poll was carried out. Providence University is 25th with 118 points, and Xavier University was the first team receiving votes with 103. In the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 the Bulldogs received 20 points and checked in at 31st if the poll was extended. Fresno State University was 25th with 48 points. Gonzaga has not been ranked in the Top 25 of either major poll this season.
SATURDAY'S GAME AT 8 P.M. Gonzaga University's game Saturday at the University of San Diego has been changed to an 8 p.m. tip-off to allow television coverage on most FOX Sports Net affiliates on the West Coast, including Channel 34 on the AT&T Broadband cable system in Spokane. The game was originally scheduled for 5 p.m.
DANNY BOY: Think junior point guard Dan Dickau hasn't been an important cog in Gonzaga University's 20-5 record and current 14-game winning streak? Think again. The Bulldogs are 15-1 with Dickau in the lineup, 5-4 without him. He missed nine games prior to the start of West Coast Conference play with a broken left index finger. Since his return the Bulldogs are 12-0 and sitting alone atop the WCC standings. He was averaging 16.0 ppg and 5.0 assists/game through the first four games of the season at the time of his injury. Since his return he is averaging 17.1 ppg and 7.4 assists/game.
DICKAU DOUBLES UP: For the third time this season, Gonzaga University point guard Dan Dickau recorded a double-double in Saturday's win over Pepperdine University. He scored 23 points and dished out 11 assists. He opened West Coast Conference play with 13 points and 10 assists at Saint Mary's College, then came back the next night with 15 points and 12 rebounds at the University of San Francisco.
BULLDOGS 2nd IN MID-MAJOR TOP 25: Gonzaga University is ranked second in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Hofstra University (22-4), knotted with the Bulldogs for the nation's longest current winning streak at 14 games, leads the poll. The Mid-Major Top 25 is comprised of schools from the America East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Continent, Missouri Valley, Mid-Eastern, Midwestern Collegiate, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Sun Belt, Trans America and West Coast conferences.
HITTING A CENTURY: Gonzaga University hit the century mark for the second time this season with its 101-68 win last week over Loyola Marymount University. It was the first time the Bulldogs had hit the century mark in The Kennel since a 103-56 win over LMU a year ago. Gonzaga is 38-5 when scoring 100 or more points, dating back to a 106-54 victory over Lawrence Tech on Jan. 3, 1955. Gonzaga has won 18 straight games when scoring 100 points. The last time the Bulldogs failed to win a game when they scored 100 ore more points was Jan. 19, 1990 when LMU posted a 144-100 victory in Gersten Pavilion on the LMU campus.
CALVARY WOODEN AWARD NOMINEE: Gonzaga University senior forward Casey Calvary is one of the top 30 mid-season candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. The mid-season list was released Dec. 28. Calvary was originally one of the Pre-season Top 50 candidates for the 2000-01 Wooden Award All-American Team. On March 27, 2001, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Friday April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. This is the second straight year the Bulldogs have had a Wooden Award nominee, guard Matt Santangelo getting the nomination a year ago.
FEW'S ROOKIE SEASON: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few had one of the best rookie seasons in NCAA history, the Bulldogs' 26 wins ranking him tied for 7th for "Top 10 Career Starts For Head Coaches By Victories." He's tied with such coaching legends as Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University (1977), Denny Crum of the University of Louisville (1972) and Nolan Richardson of Tulsa University (1981). All won 26 games as rookie head coaches at the NCAA Division I level.
BULLDOGS HIT 20 WINS AGAIN: With a 20-5 record, Gonzaga University has hit the 20-win plateau for the 8th time in the last 10 seasons. The Bulldogs' 26 wins last season were second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7 mark. This year marks the fifth time the Bulldogs have hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
BULLDOGS IN THE KENNEL: The Kennel - home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs - has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country. In the last nine seasons the Bulldogs are 115-9 at home for a nifty 92.7 winning percentage. The Bulldogs have put the finishing touches on a 12-0 home record this season. Winning by an average of . The Bulldogs are 32-1 in The Kennel over the past three seasons. Last year's squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. Gonzaga was 10-1 at home in 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the second-longest active streak in the country. The Bulldogs are 12-0 at home this season and have a winning margin of 24.7 ppg.
CALVARY MOVES INTO TOP 10 IN SCORING... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd player in Gonzaga University history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Thursday's game with Santa Clara University with 1,394 points. He needs 33 points to overtake Doug Spradley (1,427 from 1986-89) for 9th. Calvary could probably move as high as sixth, needing 154 points to move past Jerry Vermillion into the sixth spot.
...AND SURPASSES 600 REBOUNDS: Casey Calvary became just the fourth player in Gonzaga University history to join the 1,000-point/600-rebound club. He grabbed 7 rebounds against Monmouth University on Dec. 30, 2000, to join the 600 rebound club. He has 697 rebounds entering Thursday's game with Santa Clara University to rank fourth on the all-time list. Jerry Vermillion (1,547 points/1,670 rebounds), Gary Lechman (1,452/910) and Greg Sten (1,168/783) are the other three members of the 1,000 points/600 rebound club.
BLOCK PARTY: With three blocks against Santa Clara University on Jan. 25, 2001, Casey Calvary became the most prolific shot blocker in West Coast Conference history with 186. With 31 this season, Calvary now has 191 in his career. Calvary is by far the all-time leader in GU history (Tim Ruff is second with 99).
O-FER FROM THREE: The last time Gonzaga University took the collar from 3-point range was in an 0-for-5 night in The Kennel against the University of Portland on Jan. 30, 1993, a 71-53 Gonzaga victory. Gonzaga has made a 3-point field goal in 257 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
BANKHEAD RETURNS: Backup guard Kyle Bankhead returned to action last Thursday against Loyola Marymount after an 8-game absence. He suffered a broken third metacarpal on his left hand the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play and missed eight straight games. He came back to go 2-for-3 from the field - all from 3-point range - and score 10 points in Thursday's win over Loyola Marymount University. The walk-on redshirt freshman had a streak of five straight double-digit games snapped when he went 1-for-3 from the field - all 3-point attempts - for 3 points in Saturday's win over Pepperdine University. He was averaging 10.4 ppg in that 5-game stretch. Bankhead fell off the WCC 3-pointer leader list because he does not meet the minimum of 1.0 made/game. He's shooting 52.5 percent from 3-point range, but doesn't meet the minimum because he has 31 makes in 17 games. All but two of his 33 field goals for the season have been from 3-point range.
BULLDOGS-GAELS IN WCC TOURNEY: Gonzaga University is assured of meeting Saint Mary's College in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament March 3 at the University of San Diego. Complete pairings and game times will be announced Sunday by the WCC Office.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University can still tie for second in the West Coast Conference with a pair of wins this week over Gonzaga University and the University of Portland, combined with a pair of Pepperdine University setbacks. The Broncos would lose a tiebreaker with Pepperdine for the No. 2 seed into the WCC Tournament, so realistically SCU is playing to secure third place. SCU leads the University of San Diego by a game heading into the final weekend of the regular season. SCU has won 5-of-7 games with the setbacks at home to Pepperdine and San Diego. Brian Jones is one of three Broncos scoring in double figures with his 15.8 ppg. Jamie Holmes is averaging 13.4 ppg, and Steve Ross is at 11.4 ppg. SCU is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
BULLDOGS VS. BRONCOS: Gonzaga University had its 4-game winning streak against Santa Clara University snapped last season with an 81-70 loss at Toso Pavilion (now called the Leavey Event Center), but Gonzaga got back on the winning track with a 70-64 win in the first meeting in The Kennel this season. Gonzaga has won 7 of the last 10 meetings in the series.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: The University of San Diego brings a 3-game winning streak into this week's game, and have won 5-of-6. One of the pre-season favorites for the West Coast Conference crown, the Toreros are 15-10 overall, 7-5 and a game behind Santa Clara University in the WCC's battle for third place. Andre Laws leads the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg, the only Torero to average in double figures. He has 13 double-digit games this season. USD leads the WCC in defense, allowing 65.0 ppg.
BULLDOGS VS. TOREROS: If there's one team Gonzaga University has had trouble with in recent years, it's the University of San Diego. Although the Bulldogs lead the overall series 32-19, the teams have split their last 12 meetings, including Gonzaga's 78-57 win earlier this season in The Kennel. USD took an 82-70 win in The Kennel last season, snapping a 20-game Gonzaga home winning streak. Gonzaga captured an 84-79 overtime win in San Diego in the first meeting last season, their first road win over the Toreros since 1996. The Bulldogs also downed USD 80-70 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament last season at Santa Clara University. Gonzaga will be playing its first game in the new Jenny Craig Pavilion that opened this season on the USD campus.
BULLDOGS WIN 200TH: Gonzaga University's win at the University of Montana earlier this year was the 200th for the Bulldogs in the last 10 seasons. Gonzaga is 215-88 since the 1991-92 season for a .710 winning percentage.
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